23 November 2012

Published November 21, 2012 by rochellewisoff

I am thankful to be a part of this awesome global family called Friday Fictioneers.


  • Depending on your preference, leave your blog link  in the comment section or use the linkz tool (or both ;)). My story follows for those who’d rather not read it before writing their own.
  • Please make sure your link works. There were a couple last week that didn’t. If you find that you’ve made an error you can delete by clicking the little red ‘x’ that should appear under your icon. Then re-enter your URL. (If there’s no red x email me at Runtshell@aol.com. I can delete the wrong link for you).
  • If your blog requires multiple steps for visitors to leave comments, see if you can simplify it. If you can disable CAPTCHA –that wavy line of unreadable letters and numbers– please for the sake of our writerly nerves, disable it. It’s frustrating to have to leave a DNA sample, your blood type and your shoe size  just to make a comment. (So I exaggerate. But hopefully you get the picture).
  • Challenge yourself to keep stories to 100 words. (There’s no penalty for going over or under).
  • Make note in your blog if you’d prefer not to have constructive criticism.
  • Be kind in your comments to others.
  • Copyright-Joyce Johnson

*Note-I know some view this link tool as something of a pain, but the reality is that you’ll garner more reads and comments if you leave your link here. Click the blue guy and follow the instructions. Please make sure you’ve entered your link correctly. 

get the InLinkz code

And now…

Following a wrestling match…

Is my story.


             “It was a dark and stormy night.”

            “Seriously?” Tad peered over his book.

            “It worked for Snoopy.” Jaycee slammed her finger against the backspace key and glared at the professor’s photo prompt. “I’m blank.”

            “It’s only a hundred words. Write what you know.”   

            “I know nothing.”

            “Ha! You’ve got plenty floating around in that pea brain of yours.”

            “Like alphabet soup.”

             “Stir it.”

            Who knew a simple creative writing class would be filled with so many trapdoors? The sculpted face in the picture mocked her with its sideways grin.

            Fingers trembling she typed, “The Me Nobody Wants to Know.”

72 comments on “23 November 2012

  • Hello Great Leader,
    Just a technical note:
    There is no little red x under my icon (Not that I want to delete it!)
    I suspect either it only appears for the admin, or you need to configure something for us to see it.


  • I don’t know why but my link number 14 is not working properly. Two people have been able to comment, but maybe they are followers anyway, and are approaching it from a different route. So I’ve added it again at number 17 and it works OK. There doesn’t seem to be a red cross anywhere so I can delete the erroneous one. So sorry about this folks. I’m normally so careful not to use the ‘admin’ version of the link, and I’m sure I clicked on the ‘published’ link this morning, but maybe I’m having a brainstorm.

    Is there anything you can do Rochelle? Otherwise I’ll try to get number 14 removed via the administrator of the inlinkz blog which I think is possible.


  • Hi…new here, but I wanted to try your 100 words…made it at 99. Not good with links and the above discussion was scary to me. 🙂 But I think it worked. Enjoyed the Snoopy inspiration in your own story!


  • hey, about leaving comments on non-wordpress pages. when someone is on blogspot, sometimes i have pull down the arrow, select a wordpress ID, and then sometimes it says that my ID can’t be verified or something even though i know i typed it in correctly. i’ve learned that sometimes i have to click “publish” two or three times and then it’s accepted. FYI.


  • Dear Rochelle,

    Charles Schultz and Snoopy and Edward Bulwer-Lytton would be proud of you. How you managed to mix all the ingredients and come up with such a delightful story is beyond me. i wish I could be there to see the creative process first hand. Stir it, indeed. You did, and look what happened. Even Julia Child would be chortling in her (and your) soup.




  • Dear Rochelle,
    You started with nothing and made a very delightful and filling soup. Well done. When I saw the finger and scrunched face, I wanted to take the booger pickin’ angle, but chickened out. Maybe Perry or Ron will have the courage and intestinal fortitude for the task.


  • you did what i have told students when they couldn’t think of anything to write for a writing prompt in class. just write something, write about how you can’t think of anything, and if you “babble” long enough, something good will come out.


  • Beautiful, Rochelle, and SO TRUE! This is the kind of thing I worry about–what my little stories say about me. Excellent dialogue–you make the 100 words do so much. I have to say, though, that the reference to “pea brain” followed by “alphabet soup” made me think of pea soup, and stirring that wouldn’t inspire too much creativity. 😉 Thanks so much for your leadership!

    I’m here: http://wrasselings.blogspot.com/2012/11/friday-fictioneers-press-conference.html


    • Thank you, Cindy. Your comment’s making me grin. I suppose there could be peas in the alphabet soup. The dialogue was born out of a conversation concerning this prompt. So you could say that the pea brain and soup references did inspire my creativity. It’s amazing the little comments that can ignite an idea, isn’t it?
      It’s an honor, privilege and passionate delight to facilitate this group.


    • Ron and I did seem to be flip sides of the same coin this week. I liked the picture but when push came to shove, I couldn’t push or shove an idea into or out of my head. The face just laughed and laughed at me.


  • Aha! See? You did come up with one after all, like I said. Its great, works and is cute. Even Dicky liked it. Of course he had to communicate that to me from his eternal resting place. lol


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